Celebrating Juneteenth

By Paulette Beete
a collage of images including a group picture of Cave Canem fellows, Jetsonorama posing with his wheat paste Carolyn Mazloomi showing off her quilts, and a young child doing a headspin

(Clockwise from left) 2019 Cave Canem Fellows. Photo by Marcus Jackson; Jetsonorama. Photo by flickr user xomiele; NEA Heritage Fellow Carolyn Mazloomi. Photo by Chas. E. Martin; Arts Corps ALLI program. Photo by Amy Piñon

As we commemorate Juneteenth for the first time as a national holiday we are grateful to the artists and arts organizations whose work helps us to reflect on and wrestle with the corrosive intergenerational impacts of slavery and also honor and uplift Black imagination, creativity, and joy.